Sunday, 21 May 2017

Photographic safaris

I'm often asked, whether we cater for photographic safaris. It's a question that has (in the past) given me pause to think. What exactly is the difference between a photographic safari and any other form of safari? After all, we specialise in wildlife and enabling our safari guests to view wild creatures, ethically, in their natural environment.
Whether through binoculars, a lens, or just enjoying watching, viewing wildlife is what we do.
Indian Roller
Of-course, our guides are all experienced photographers in their own right and understand the needs of dedicated photographers.
Whether in India or Africa our aim is to show you the huge variety of wildlife. From Lions to Tigers. Its what e do.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Overland Botswana

We're on the penultimate leg of our overland Botswana safari. Great sightings and country all along the journey from the Okavango Delta through the Moremi and Chobe National Parks. We mix nights spent in lodges with wild camping in roof top tents.
Above two of our guests are enjoying watching an Elephant walking close to camp. 
Below a magical sunrise seen through a hole in a tree at one of our campsites.

Join us on an overland safari in 2018. Email carol@ontracksafaris.com for more info

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Fantastic Indian Lodges

Whether in Africa or India, we hand pick all of the safari lodges that we include in our safaris. We select small intimate venues that offer luxury as well as a green ethos.
Tree house lodge in Pench, India is a great example. Five tree houses set in the grounds surrounding the main dining room and bar (seen below). Each designed to utilise local crafts and resources and employing a minimum of 75% local staff.

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

BMW a magnificent Tiger

Meet BMW, a huge male Tiger who resides in Pench National Park India.
Apparently, his stripe pattern includes a BMW!
I spent some time with this cat on our last Indian safari and to be honest, couldn't make out a BMW shape, but regardless, BMW is a magnificent Tiger. It was an absolute privilege to spend a morning in his company watching him moving regularly from shade to a waterhole.
Be there and enjoy Indian wildlife for yourself. Join one our Indian Safaris for memories that will last a lifetime.

Written by Will Fox

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Banyan Tree

The Banyan Tree is found throughout central India and there are many examples within the National Parks that we visit on safari.
The example above is one tree, which is constantly growing outwards as branches dip to the ground and root. Some grow to a circumference of 100m!

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Monday, 1 May 2017

Tigers and Leopards

It will come as no surprise that as with all On Track Safaris, we are keen to find leopards, wherever we are. In this case Indian Leopards.
Tigers and Leopards, who could ask for more. Join us on an Indian Safari.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Elephant back rangers

Ranger on Tiger Patrol - Kanha NP
While on safari in India, it is likely that you will come across National Park rangers on patrol, mounted on Elephants. 
Riding Elephants (while traditional in India) is undoubtedly a controversial subject and one that includes cultural and conservation elements as well as animals welfare considerations.
A young Elephant under training
To be honest I am uncomfortable with Elephants being ridden at all, and we do not support Elephant back riding for tourists.
During my recent Indian safari, I talked to a few of the Mahout's and Forestry rangers to try to better understand their issues and need to be mounted on Elephants. Without doubt, I met individuals who cared for their animals, both Elephant and Tigers. Elephants are used to transport the rangers into the jungle where vehicle access is not possible, to monitor the resident Tigers. Which in turn, appear to tolerate Elephants and therefore the impact on Tiger behaviour is minimised.
I met with one Mahout who (while he was caring for a sick Tiger in dense jungle), was able to get relatively close to the stricken Tiger on Elephant back, at which point he bravely dismounted to pour water over the sick Tiger in order to offer some respite from the heat and to cool it down as it lay incapacitated in the jungle. Thankfully that Tiger recovered.
On patrol in the dense jungle
What we can say is that the conservation efforts of the Forestry department and indeed government overall, has lead to a significant increase in the number of Tigers in the National Parks. A matter that is worthy of congratulations and celebration and rangers mounted on Elephants have no doubt assisted in the success. Alternate methods for monitoring Tigers are being sought, which leaves the question of what would happen to the Elephants that currently patrolling? It's likely that Elephant backed patrols will be phased out over time, which will is probably the best solution for domestic Elephants.

Written by Will Fox